As we start another year, and one as significant as 2020, I want to encourage you to start from a place of guaranteed success… on your knees. The best way to ensure a successful and productive year is to start strong by calling your community together for a time of prayer and fasting. As our church now heads into its twenty-third year, I can look back and note several critical moments of breakthrough and miracles that were the direct result of focused prayer and fasting at the beginning of each calendar year.
When Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” (Matthew 21:13) He used a word for prayer that describes ‘a place set apart for earnestly seeking God.’ If we are going to see Kingdom power and authority in our cities and communities, we must pick up the weapons of fasting and prayer and intentionally lead God’s people into a season of pursuit!
There are no shortcuts or programs that can set the captives free, releasing the power of God that we are craving. Let’s set the church up for a breakthrough year as we send out a clear call to seek God together!
“Pursuit,” a 21-day Devotional is a simple and powerful tool that rally’s God’s people and helps them to navigate an extended time of pursuit. Recently, we provided this resource to our church, and we have seen the most unified and effective time of fasting in our church history to date! We have found that there is “energy in the synergy,” and a staying power when we do it together! I hope this devotional helps you to rally the troops in starting 2020 strong.
May your church live in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 this coming year! “…but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Dave and Donna Patterson are the Lead and Founding Pastors of The Father’s House in Northern California where the church community started with 8 people, in the living room, and is currently 7,500 people in five locations. They have over 30 years’ experience in leading worship, teaching, and pastoring.
Pastor Dave’s newest book, “Pursuit,” is a collection of 21 time-tested principles of prayer and fasting that will fuel your desire to seek God and ignite a new passion for prayer in your heart. Each chapter was born out of revelation and over two decades of ministry, all while building a thriving, praying church. This book is designed as a 21-day journey but can be adjusted to fit any duration of pursuit. Available now.